Topic: Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs
Definition for Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs:
Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs are defined by the CEBC as programs, interventions, and practices that assist with the recruitment, selection, development, and support of a diverse, skilled, and effective child welfare workforce to improve staff practice and retention. Programs may address the recruitment, selection, and hiring of new child welfare staff and/or the education, training, supervision, support, retention and leadership development of new and ongoing child welfare staff. Programs may also address methods for assessing and improving the workplace environment to make it more supportive of effective child welfare practice. In addition, programs may involve components and elements designed to: 1) mitigate and reduce work-related stress and trauma, 2) improve worker satisfaction, and 3) increase staff retention.
- Target population: Child welfare staff and practitioners (e.g., support staff, caseworkers, social workers, supervisors, managers, administrators, directors, etc.)
- Services/types that fit: Professional development, education, training, coaching and mentoring, supervision, individual and group interventions, incentive and reward programs, as well as programs to address organizational factors, agency climate, leadership development, supervision practices, career ladders, and caseload/workload reduction
- Delivered by: Child welfare professionals, trainers, educators, supervisors, clinicians, trained paraprofessionals
- In order to be included: Program must specifically target the recruitment, selection, development, support, retention, and/or leadership of Child Welfare staff as a goal.
- In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by the Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes, such as improvement in child welfare workforce, performance, satisfaction, or retention or the knowledge or skills of the child welfare workforce.
Programs in this Topic Area
The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.
Three Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:
- Availability, Responsiveness, and Continuity (ARC) – non-responderChild welfare and mental health agencies
- Child Advocacy Studies (CAST)Undergraduate/graduate students and frontline professionals seeking continuing education
- Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)Mental health clinicians and child welfare professionals working with adopted children and youth, birth families, and families formed through adoption
17 Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT)Professionals working in the child welfare system
- Children's CorpsGraduating Bachelor-level students, recent Bachelor- or Master-level graduates, young professionals, career changers, individuals looking to start a career that makes ...
- Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare Practitioners, TheThe Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare PractitionersChild welfare professionals who are interested in issues pertaining to workforce development
- Design Team – non-responderChild welfare agencies
- Enhanced MiTEAM Practice ModelAll public and private child welfare staff (primarily caseworkers and supervisors)
- Foundations of Pennsylvania Practice
[Charting the Course]Newly hired child welfare professionals
- Georgia Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP) – non-responderChild welfare applicants
- ICWA: Working with Native American Families and TribesState child welfare social workers and agencies serving Native American youth in child welfare, Native American children and families, and ...
- Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM)Middle managers who work in public and tribal child welfare systems and in private agencies under contract with a state ...
- Learning Circles – non-responder
- Maryland Child Welfare Academy (CWA) Pre-Service Competency TrainingRecently hired public child welfare workers across Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions
- Resilience AllianceChild welfare staff, supervisors, and administrators
- Simulation Labs – non-responderNewly hired child welfare workers
- Staying Power! Selection ToolkitSupervisors and managers in public, tribal, and private child welfare agencies.
- Supervision Matters ProgramChild welfare supervisors (any division) in Maryland’s Local Departments of Social Services, who have been in their current ...
- Tribal Coaching Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (Tribal Coaching LAMM)Tribal child welfare managers who work in tribal child welfare programs and who have participated in the Leadership Academy for ...
- Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness)State child welfare social workers and agencies serving Native American youth in child welfare, Native American children and families, and ...
Robin Leake, PhD, Research Associate Professor
Graduate School of Social Work, Univeristy of Denver